Monday, July 21, 2014

Dusting Off the Paint Brushes

Once upon a time, in a far off land .... I had a hand painted glassware business.
It was a business that started out as something that filled my need for creativity and slowly grew into something full time.

It was a lot of fun, and I was very grateful for the opportunity. 
I worked hard at building the business. I learned a lot. 
Wouldn't have made it without the help from Mom and  Jody. ( Who is Jody? Read about her HERE )

As time went on....I started to hit the burn out phase. 
That's when I changed direction and headed back into the world of buying and selling vintage finds. (Entirely Apropos)

We were recently invited to a couples wedding shower.
Mike and I like to give gifts that are on the personalized side...or at least maybe something that is unique. 

After pondering some ideas, I thought maybe this would be a good time for me to dust off the paint brushes and see if I still had "it". It's been at least 4 1/2 years since I painted.

I made a trip to the craft store, purchased the glass paint. ( Folk Art Enamel )
Then, headed to Dollar Tree Store to purchase wine glasses.

After digging out my painting tools that have been packed up, and discovering my painting apron ( yay me! ) . I was set.

It took a couple of tries before I started feeling a bit more confident. But . I did it!

I borrowed the frame from The Graphics Fairy ( Click HERE to see the frame and visit The Graphics Fairy -  AWESOME site!  )

I used my design titled " Filigree" for the base. It's a free flowing design. 

I use a bottle and tip to create the design.
Purchased at Hobby Lobby.

I painted six glasses.
Two of them are personalized for the bride and groom. The other four are for their guests. 

The party was this past Saturday night. 
It was an  amazing event! 
The host and hostess went all out. 
"Classy" is the word I would use to describe the party.
I had a wonderful time. 

It was fun to paint again.

I picked up some old barn wood at a tag sale recently. 
I am hoping to do something creative with them before the snow flies. ( Ick. Did I just mention that four  letter word? LOL )

As always, thanks for stopping by!
I appreciate! xoxo

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs, Julie 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Once in a Lifetime Moment with Jody Lynn.

Jody Lynn  has been a friend for many many years.
Most of you that follow me on facebook know her from her Scraptherapy page.  
She is an artsy girl with many ABUNDANT  talents.

We met in Nashville, Tn., I'm guessing about 20 years ago. 
She and my Mom were very close.  Mom considered Jody her daughter.  She is a part of our family.

There is a group of us that have followed Jody through her journey of music since we met her all those years ago. We've celebrated with her as she signed on to record a CD titled "Rockin Blues Christmas".  
We've also enjoyed  following Jody Lynn and Deana with their  Mother / Daughter duo -  The Malone's.

Life is full of up and downs. As time went on,  Jody went through a lot of obstacles in her life which didn't allow her the freedom to continue to pursue her music career. 

As many of you know, it's frustrating to have a gift .... and not be able to use it. Especially when it is something that is a part of you. Something that makes you feel alive - brings joy and a sense of contentment / fulfillment. 

We celebrated with her through the victories, and prayed together during the dry seasons. And there were many dry seasons. It was hard and very painful for her during that time of her life.

As time went on, Jody let go of her dreams. She was grateful for the opportunities in the past and laid it all down at God's feet. Letting go. 

Then..... one day..... out of the clear blue sky..... a new opportunity presented itself. It's been a whirlwind since!!! 

Jody Lynn is back! Singing from the depths of her soul!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am for her! It's over the top and above and beyond !! 

The CD party at the CMA Country Music Association was last Monday evening - June 23rd. 

3 weeks prior to the event, I received a surprise! Mike gave me tickets to fly back to Nashville for the event!!! Oh yes he did! I was so excited!!! 

The hardest part was keeping it a secret. But. We did! I was able to surprise Jody at the party.  It was a moment I won't ever forget. 

There we are! The silly scrapbooking groupies, I mean "friends". 

( Thank you, Betty H.- for letting me borrow your photo! )

I am so grateful for the once in a life time moment to see her at this event, at this time. It was very emotional. 
Thank you again, Mike. xoxo

For any of you that feel like your dreams have died and there isn't any hope for them. Hang on. Delay is not denial. ( You know that  I am preaching to myself. * Wink* ) 

Keep on singing and dancin' , Jody Lynn ! 

Jody Lynn signed this to Mike.  Love this photo. 

To listen to Jody Lynn on YouTube: Click Here. 
To read her bio on Playback Records :  Click Here
iTunes Music " The Worlds out Dancin' ":  Click Here

Thanks for stopping by.... means so much!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Gift From The Heart

Mom LOVED her stylish clothing. 
She was a clothes horse. She'd be the first to admit it. 
99% of her clothing were from garage sales. 
She had amazing taste and found tremendous deals.  
She dressed like she had all the money in the world!

One of the hardest things to do was to let go of her clothing after she passed. 
It had to be done ... but not an easy thing to do. I dreaded it.  

We had a garage sale and sold her clothes.

Prior to the sale, and unknown to me -  Carol and Brenda ( dear friends )  pulled aside  some pieces which they knew had significant heart strings attached.  

Brenda is a seamstress. 
She has designed clothing and is very creative. 
She also knows the intense pain of losing a loved one. 
She has endured loosing her son who served our nation so bravely.
It's an over the top heart breaking loss. 
Because she knows the pain... Brenda is very sensitive to what others go through during their grieving process. 

With that in mind, she knew that using her talent to create something special  using some of Mom's clothing would be something I would treasure for the rest of my life. 

A few weeks after the sale, Brenda came  over to drop "something" off. 
She walked in the door with 4 large packages all wrapped up. 
As I started to unwrap the first package, I about fell over. There it was. A pillow made out of one of Mom's favorite pieces of clothing!

This pillow was made from Mom's shirt that she purchased at Paula Deen's Restaurant in Savannah, Ga. 
 It was the last trip we would take together. 
The trip was awesome. 
This pillow makes me smile as I remember that wonderful week with family.

The back of the pillow is made with a pair of Mom's jeans. 
How clever is that! The pocket is open.

This pillow is made from the fancy shirt that Mom wore to her 75th Birthday party ! It's  the same shirt that she wore for her Birthday Party Invite photo. 

I just LOVE how Brenda designed the back of it!

      Below is Mom's winter jacket. 
       It's a silver tone quilted fabric. 

Brenda took her scarf and cut it down to fit in the pocket. She also saved the rhinestone snow flake brooch that Mom wore with the jacket. 

This classy shirt was one that Mom wore to special events or to church.
I love the roses! Brenda created them and then used the rhinestone buttons for the center of the flower.  So swoony! LOVE xoxo

I will treasure these pillows for the rest of my life.
They are AMAZING !!!

Thank you, Brenda! Words can't express enough how much these mean to me. 
"Thank You" doesn't even come close to what is in my heart that I want to express! 
I will cherish these forever! xoxoxo

If you are interested in contacting Brenda for a custom order pillow, she is taking orders . Please contact me via my "contact me here" button on the right side of the blog post.
I will send you her contact information. 

Thanks for stopping by..... as always,  I appreciate you being here!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs and Love,

Friday, May 9, 2014

I've Been Digging in Boxes.... and I Found a Treasure!

I've been digging in boxes.... and I found a treasure!
Nope. Not digging through boxes at a tag sale .... but digging through the boxes I dragged up here to  Michigan. 

I remember her creating this. She was so proud of it when it was completed. 
With good reason..... it turned out adorable.

Mom purchased the kit from Michaels.
It is a bracelet kit . 
You add your photos to the small frames.

Mom wanted to create a photo bracelet of her Mom. 
She spent much time carefully choosing the photos she wanted to use for the bracelet. 

I remember helping her size down the photos as she ran them off of the printer. She was so tickled. She always LOVED miniatures .... and .... these photos are miniature!

Our Grandma ( Gram ) ,  ... was very photogenic. She was also very whimsical when posing. Love that!

Mom only wore the bracelet a few times.  She had  created the bracelet a few short months before she passed. 

I will cherish it.

I  didn't find a kit at Michaels when searching on line....but I did find one on Amazon. Click here for the link : Photo Bracelet   
( my "Google search"  could be off, I'd still check yourself and see if you can find it at Michaels ) 

Thanks for stopping by.... I appreciate you being here!

Hugs and Love,
... and oh, Happy Treasure Hunting! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Testing- One Two Three and a Part Time Job

Hello friends!
It's been awhile. 
I’ve been job hunting. Looking for something part time.
I must say, things have certainly changed since the last time I applied for a job.
Applying on line is  an interesting adventure. Ahem.*wink*
As well as the  interview process. Oy!

I did find a  job. I'll be  working weekends. It will cut into my junking time, but I think I can squeeze a couple of sales in the morning here and there before I head off to work. 
I will continue to list on eBay and Etsy during the weekdays. 

Speaking of eBay .... I've been digging through my stash of jewelry that I'm preparing to list. Several pieces are marked sterling or 14K . 
I've been interested in the acid kits to test metals.  
I mentioned the kits  to Mike a few weeks ago....expressing my desire to learn.
A few days later.....a package arrived. 
Yep..... it was an acid testing kit for several different metals including gold and silver ! Yay !!! Thank you, Mike! 
Mike sat down with me on his day off and we dug in. 

Gloves and all! Doesn't that look professional? hahahaaa!
We now know how to test for silver and gold! 

The weather is getting warmer.  Although, I’m not running around in flip flops yet.
I have seen some brave souls that are wearing them regardless. 
I admire their determination to encourage the warmer weather to arrive. 

Off I go. 
Working at my new job for the next few days and then back to listing on eBay! 

Thanks so much for checking in and hanging out with me. Means so much!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs and Love,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lovely Happy Cheery Winter Display

I've been hibernating in this 
"winter wonder-what.the.heck- land" .

As I type this....the wind is blowing and the 
snow is coming down. 
Mr. Winter doesn't want to let go.

Since I last posted, I put away all the Christmas decor. Left out the sleigh that Mike made me and added a little something to it.  

Back in early December... my  friend, Leona, read about my desire to have an old thermos and quilt / blanket to add to my winter display. ( You can read about it here: LINK )

Well.... guess what I received from  "Mrs. Leona Claus" ? An awesome vintage blanket and thermos ! (  Comes with a case too. Bonus! ) 

Oh my goodness! LOVE LOVE LOVE! and ..... oh soooo thoughtful!

I couldn't put them outside with the sled and ice skate display. Too special ... and way too fabulous for me to risk it being blown into the next county by Mr. Winter. 

I knew exactly where it would go.... yes.... you guessed it!  With the "Mike sled " 

It has made a lovely happy cheery winter display!  ( ... just like Leona. She is  cheery and happy... and .... she even likes WINTER? ! Yes. She does!!! )

Thank you again, Leona! So so so thoughtful!

Thanks for all your comments ... I always  love to hear from you! I appreciate you taking the time to hang out with me and let me know you were here. Very grateful for your friendship and the time you take to stop by. 

Talk to you soon!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Hugs and Love,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Going Thrifting Always Makes Me Happy .... I Needed Some Happy.

I was getting a little stir crazy.

I hate to admit it. 
I haven't driven in the winter weather yet.

Oh sure. I'll drive when the roads are all clear. 
But not when there is any kind of precipitation falling. 

Saying that, 
I haven't been out much in the past couple of weeks.

The roads were dry I headed up to 
what has become one of my favorite thrift stores.

Going thrifting always makes me happy. I needed some happy.

I only had a short amount of time, 
as I left late in the afternoon.

However, I managed to find some fun 
things I haven't seen in a while.

I shopped and dug and treasure hunted my way through 
most of the store and hadn't found much. 

Decided I'd take a quick look at their toys. 
Much to my delight .... I found some vintage Lincoln Logs.

Then, I found a bag of vintage Tinker Toys 
with some random building blocks. 

Oh boy. What fun! 

And next to that bag, I spotted a bag filled with vintage Alphabet Wooden Blocks!

These are fun to use to spell out names and special dates. 

I love seeing them used at Christmas 
 with the words "Merry Christmas" spelled out. 

They were priced to sell. So I snatched them up.

I found some linens too.... I'll show you those soon. 

I've got the vintage toys listed in my Etsy store
Hope they find a loving home.

Stay safe, and I hope you do something fun and memorable to bring in the New Year!
I'll talk to you then.

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Love and Hugs.